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Women and HIV/AIDS, Mar. 24

  • 4:00 pm

Cultural Challenges and Transformation in Contemporary East Africa

Presented by Mary N. Getui
Chairperson, National AIDS Control Council, Nairobi, Kenya
Professor, Catholic University of Eastern Africa

HIV and AIDS have dealt a devastating blow to Africa-socially, economically, politically, spiritually, and on all sectors of African society. The core of indigenous structures and systems-that is, the community and the sacredness of life-has seen an upheaval. Women of all ages have borne the heaviest brunt of this blow as evidenced in the following: the myth that female virginity can provide a cure; women being more vulnerable and having a higher infection rate; sex and sexuality related choices such as the use of condoms; to breastfeed or not; widow guardianship versus wife inheritance; women as the chief care givers; the grandmother turned parent; women being the more vulnerable with regard to stigma and discrimination. On the other hand, HIV and AIDS have seen women at various levels take a leading and leadership role through community social support groups, and being directors and key players in networks engaged in advocacy and resource mobilization. 

Featuring the response: God, Where Are You? Pastoral Theological Reflections on Job and the Question of HIV/AIDS in Africa

Presented by Esther Acolatse
Assistant Professor, Practice of Pastoral 
Theology and World Christianity
Duke Divinity School

Reception with refreshments to follow at 6 p.m.

For more information, email africanstudies@duq.edu. Sponsored by the Duquesne University Center for African Studies in collaboration with the Rev. Pierre Schouver, C.S.Sp. Endowed Chair in Mission